Head Groundsperson

  • Job Reference: CUFC/Head Groundsman
  • Date Posted: 23 April 2024
  • Recruiter: Colchester Academy
  • Location: Colchester, Essex
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Colchester United
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description


Head Groundsperson

Job Description

Head Groundsperson at Colchester United Football Club

Job Summary

As the Head Groundsperson for Colchester United Football Club, you will be responsible for overseeing the maintenance and care of the main pitch at the stadium, as well as five additional pitches at the training ground. Additionally, you will manage the upkeep of two pitches at Maldon & Tiptree FC's ground, which is part of a ground-share agreement. Your primary goal will be to ensure that all playing surfaces meet the highest standards of quality and safety, providing an optimal playing environment for the team.


Pitch Maintenance:

  • Oversee and execute the day-to-day maintenance of the main pitch at the stadium, training ground pitches, and the two pitches at Maldon & Tiptree FC's ground.
  • Regularly assess and implement necessary measures to maintain pitch quality, including aeration, top dressing, fertilisation, irrigation, and pest control.
  • Coordinate pitch renovations, including reseeding, turf repairs, and other necessary enhancements.
  • Monitor weather and pitch conditions and adjust maintenance practices accordingly to ensure optimal playing conditions.

Grounds Management:

  • Manage and lead a team of grounds staff, providing clear guidance, supervision, and training to ensure the highest standards of workmanship.
  • Develop and implement a maintenance schedule for all pitches, ensuring that resources are effectively allocated and tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and maintain equipment, tools, and machinery used for grounds-keeping activities, ensuring they are in good working order and compliant with safety standards.
  • Collaborate with the club's management and coaching staff to understand their requirements and tailor maintenance practices accordingly.

Compliance and Health & Safety:

  • Stay up-to-date with relevant health and safety regulations, ensuring all grounds-keeping activities comply with legal requirements and industry best practices.
  • Regularly inspect and assess the pitches for any potential hazards or risks, taking appropriate action to mitigate them promptly.
  • Maintain accurate records of all maintenance activities, including the use of chemicals, fertilisers, and other materials, in accordance with environmental and regulatory standards.

Budgeting and Resource Management:

  • Assist in the preparation and management of the department's annual budget, ensuring resources are allocated efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • Assis in the sourcing and procurement of necessary supplies, materials, and equipment while adhering to the club's procurement policies.
  • Monitor and control expenditure, keeping detailed records and providing regular reports to senior management as required.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must have Sports Turf Level 2 qualification, ideally working towards/gained Level 3 qualification.
  • Proven experience in as a ground keeper and pitch maintenance, ideally within a professional sports environment.
  • Sound knowledge of turf management practices, including aeration, top dressing, fertilisation, irrigation, and pest control.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to effectively lead a team and delegate tasks.
  • Excellent organisational and time management abilities, capable of prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and best practices related to ground keeping activities.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with internal stakeholders and external partners.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends and match-days, as required.
  • A valid driver's license and the ability to operate relevant ground-keeping machinery and equipment.

Joining Colchester United Football Club as the Head Groundsperson presents an exciting opportunity to play a vital role in maintaining exceptional playing surfaces that will contribute to the success of the team and ensure a memorable experience for players and supporters alike.